2007 Sarah Jacobson Film Grant
2007 Sarah Jacobson Film Grant This annual film grant is intended to honor the spirit and legacy of Sarah
Jacobson. Sarah, whose feature film Mary Jane’s Not A Virgin Anymore
screened at the 1997 , died in 2004 after a battle
with cancer. Sarah led a DIY (“Do It Yourself”) movement in the 1990s,
promoting and distributing her own work with her producer and mom, Ruth
Ellen Jacobson, speaking at festivals and events everywhere, and writing
about film for a number of publications. A tireless, at times even
shameless, promoter of her own work, Sarah was also a passionate
advocate for the films of fellow filmmakers.The Free History Project, Ruth Jacobson (Sarah’s mom), and a number of
Sarah’s friends have contributed money in order to give out a small annual
grant to young female filmmakers whose work embodies some of the
things that Sarah stood for: a fierce DIY approach to filmmaking, a radical
social critique, and a thoroughly underground sensibility.
Last year we gave $750 grants to each of the following three filmmakers:Gretchen Hogue See Photo
Kara Herold Bachelorette , 34
Vanessa Renwick Portrait #2: Trojan
This year, we plan to give out two grants of $1,500 each to support film
projects in any stage of completion from pre-production through
distribution. We are open to films of any length and genre, from
documentary to experimental to narrative. What we are looking for are
projects that in some way embody Sarah’s spirit and represent the values
that she articulated in her work.
To apply for the grant, please mail the following materials to the Free
History Project, postmarked by May 25, 2007. Include a SASE if you
would like your materials returned to you.
1. A synopsis/treatment of the project (no more than 3 pages).
Please include a detailed description of the film — its subject, style,
structure, and distribution strategy. Please also explain why your
project is appropriate for this grant.
2. A simple one-page budget for the project. Also include a
paragraph describing other funding you have received for this project
and how you would use the money from this grant.
3. A short bio for the film’s director.
4. A work sample â€“ either a trailer or rough-cut of the project you’re
applying for the grant with, or an example of previous work. The work
sample should be on either VHS or DVD. Please do not send more
than one sample.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE POST-MARKED BY FRIDAY MAY 25, 2007
The Free History Project
The Free History Project is not staffed full-time, so we are unable to
respond to telephone or email inquiries.
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